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in arizona, where secretary napolitano, senator mccaul nd congresswoman joined me, i've been and heard from local mayors, from business leaders from front line officers, i've heard them say they need more help at our ports of entry. especially our ports of entry. i hear the same comments when i visit in texas later this month, i think april 30 and may 1. i want to say to my colleagues, for anyone who is interested in, a day and a half, going down to the boarder in texas, the late afternoon, april 30, and all day on may 1. that i welcome you to join us. i believe that if something's worth having, it's worth paying for. and it's worth it to americans to better facilitate trave trade and travel at our ports of entry, we need to pay for it. that's why i degree with the president's proposal to use modest increases to pay for more customs and border patrol officers. these efforts will build on the tremendous progress we've made in scuring the border over the past decade. i look forward to reviewing the immigration bill introduced this morning. think at 1:45 by senator mccain and senators durbin a
's on secretary napolitano's desk right now. >> right. >> i think it's only right that the coast guard take point on this in order to start a strategy that can build into a national strategy. and a deepwater port is a part of that. we recognize it. it's difficult for us to have to go all the way to dutch harbor to refuel our ships. we would clearly prefer to have something closer to where the action is going to be. in terms of port clearance, that's a new issue for me. the specific issue. i'm aware of the broader structure of divesting ourselves of all of the sea property that we have throughout alaska and other places. >> these are one of those. >> we'll commit to meeting with your constituents. >> fantastic. >> clearly i think there are mutual things that i think we need to talk about because we don't know what our long-range plans on the ter restial side are either. >> thank you. i want to end on this. if we can do anything we can help, we'll be happy to participate. i think they clearly understand that there is an obligation to the coast guard to make sure what your long-term -- and when i sa
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